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  • 'Going Rogue: An American Life' by Sarah Palin

    'Going Rogue: An American Life' by Sarah Palin
    A particularly shrewd political analyst once remarked that Ronald Reagan's great strength as a candidate was that he was "a sincere phony." In the world of electoral realpolitik, that's a compliment.
  • A Botox gap in understanding emotion

    A Botox gap in understanding emotion
    Botox may be famous for erasing frown lines, but it also may disrupt an important chain of communication between the face and the brain. Not only do our facial expressions reflect our emotional ups and downs, they appear to send crucial feedback to our...

    Botox gap in understanding emotion

    Botox gap  in understanding emotion
    In a recent study of women undergoing cosmetic treatment with Botox, researchers found that the treatment, which blocks facial nerve impulses, seemed to slow the ability to comprehend emotional language. "We know that language moves us emotionally," said...

    Sarah Palin quoting Pascal? Please.

     
    If you're skeptical about Sarah Palin being the type to drop references to a 17th century French scientist and philosopher in her memoir "Going Rogue," you've got something in common with Tim Rutten, who reviews the book in our pages...

    David Shields recommends 26 shifting nonfictions

     
    David Shields, the author of "Reality Hunger," couldn't help but notice the buzz when a new biography of Polish writer Ryszard Kapuscinski, above, said he invented some of his nonfiction. It's the latest in a series of small turmoils about...